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Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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5,609 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 1,728
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 906
Gots: 824 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,609 | Reviews: 1,728
Photo of twoody
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice color. Thick by not cloudy. Pleasant and mellow without much bite. Refreshing level of hoppy taste in the finish.

Photo of JLeineke
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red-orange with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very clear with little to no yeast residue. The colour is surprising, expecting something lighter. Very hop intensive smell! Lots of citrus, and floral notes. Some alcohol in the nose as well.
Tastes fantastic! The citrusy hops really shine through. A lot of grapefruit and pineapple flavours. Carameley malts a dry finish leave you wanting more. I wish they had a larger distribution network so I could drink this more.

Photo of Swimcoach12
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers

Photo of ThomasPeck
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 3 favorites from FFF.
They have so many its hard to keep up.
Between ZD and GA, its right at the top.
A def oldie but goodie.

Photo of Austin32
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most drinkable pale ales I have ever enjoyed. Full of citrus hop flavor but smooth enough you can keep drinking them without bitterness. Excellent offering.

Photo of ajcuster89
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this guy a million times. Can't wait for the next one.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the greatest pale ales ever.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber bronze pour with slight off white creamy head. Retention was good (cold) with semi aggressive pour.

S - Smell is citrus. Sugary. Slightly hoppy bitterness. A bit of a smell of jelly beans. Fresh opened bag of candies. Mixture of different fruit smells. Tart and sour notes.

T - Taste is upfront in the hops region. No hiding it. Slightly bitter but had a hint of grapefruit and citrus. Leaves slightly tart taste in the end and last long after.

M - Mouth feel is pleasurable, carbonation on par. Carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum. A bit thin but fits style. Could spend a long time sipping on this one.

Overall very solid. Quality wise it is one to strive to replicated and duplicate. Very good. High drink ability. I hate saying it, but if I wanted an IPA I would get a Alpha King without thinking. Its perfectly balanced.

Photo of SaltofOH
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1.5 fingers foamy white head. Little visible carbonation. EPIC lacing, but not much retention [and that says a lot, because I don't think the glasses were as clean as I would clean them at home].

Aroma: Lovely. Centennial? Hoppy goodness. Tart citrus, tropical - Mango? Lime. slight hint of Simcoe; the sample glass reeked of Simcoe/gasoline.

Taste: Slightly malty, tart arrival; fruity, malty mid-palate; hops throughout; slow burn, lingering bitterness, slightly medicinal. I found this improved tremendously as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. Decent carbonation, pretty astringent.

Overall: Better as it warms. Unbalanced, at 68 IBUs it drinks much hoppier. Not really refreshing, and not balanced, but notable.


Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight, decent carbonation.

Photo of Max_Double_D
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice caramel taste, hint of that great 3 Floyds citrus vibe they have, smooth finish. This is a great beer.

Photo of alisadk
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sip at Three Floyds Brewery Indianapolis Thanksgiving 2013 with Andy, John, mom, dad, Shipp, Andy D.

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully blended beer. Great color and flavor. A number one choice

Photo of chefbigjon
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, it reminds me more of an amber. Very well balanced between hop and malt although a tad maltier to my palette. Very good but can't believe it goes for $20 a sixer.

Photo of do_ob
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours dark amber with lots of carbonation. 1 finger head of sticky white foam sits on top. Very aromatic with strong notes of grapefruit, peaches, oranges, citrus, and malt. Medium weight to the body, and incredibly smooth from start to finish. Taste is identical to smell; good amount of hops and grapefruit initially, and faded into a tart citrus taste. Very balanced with lots of malt on the back end.

Probably one of the best balanced APA's I've had. It reminds me a lot of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' with the strong grapefruit-forward smell and taste. This is a tiny bit more toned down and refined, though. Very good APA. Would probably be one of my go-to's if it were readily available.

Photo of micmismi
2.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is bland and boring. Nothing special

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow that's unique for a pale ale. Great look, great smell with a bit of citrus and caramel. Man that's good. Thanks to Brent for sending this to me

Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness balanced by aggressive citrus Hoppiness, this is the kind of beer you find yourself not Able to put down because the flavors become more complex as you drink the beer! My first beer from 3 floyds, and I can always tell I will now be apart of their cult following!

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Acquired a fresher bottle for my second tasting of this 3 Floyds gem. Bumping my initial rating up by .13 from 4.13 to 4.26.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best "flagship" out there

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Light and fluffy pale oatmeal-colored head. Dark amber body. 4.5

S- Sweet, resinous, floral, dank and reminiscent of fresh cut grass. Not particularly exciting but good. 4

T- Surprisingly sweet, malty and grape-like. Seems dated with an aged citrus flavor. 3.5

M- Nice vibrant spice from the hops, creamy malted medium body. Very light bitterness. 4

Wish I could read the bottled on date. I can see 2015 but could be anywhere from a month to a month and a half old. The beer doesn't hold up that well it seems.

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpha King is a great beer. It delivers what you would expect from a well crafted APA. The aromas are bananas, and the taste is complex. Enjoy it on tap.

Photo of Rabersutton
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious with hints of caramel, hop spices was, and a brown sugar Apple sweetness

Photo of cubs943
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer.

Photo of Chrisarce123
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love the little bitter sweet caramel taste. Great beer by 3 Floyds

Photo of Bisco42
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a delicious beer!

Presentation - 12 oz brown bottle on 7/24/2014 printed on the base of the neck.

L - Poured vigorously into a snifter with a one inch head that quickly subsided. Lacing continues down as it is consumed. Dark brown/redish with little carbonation apparent. It is opaque and hazy.

S - Sweet, yet subtle aroma with traces of citrus hints of earth.

T - Very smooth, surprisingly easy to drink. The alcohol finish isn't until it's already been swallowed, and even then it's only traces. Leaves the mouth wanting more, and the notes of hops/citrus are there. The malt is also tasty.

F - Thicker than I expected. The carbonation, although nearly invisible to the eye, is there with each sip. Leaves the mouth a bit dry, but very drinkable.

O - Unfortunately I'm in Ohio and this is not available at any of the stores I frequent, or to the best of my knowledge, unavailable outside of bars, but I would but this regularly if it was easily available. A fine experience.

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.